Vacancy: Deputy Project Director of USAID Human Rights in Action Program, implemented by Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is seeking a qualified and experienced candidate for the position of the Deputy Project Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Human Rights in Action Program.


Reporting to the Project Director, the Deputy Project Director will help provide overall leadership, management, strategic vision, and strong technical support in the program’s implementation.


Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Directly manage program and technical staff and related resources to ensure that the program components are results-oriented, meeting their targets with high-quality deliverables on-time and within budget.
  • Oversee program planning, monitoring and evaluation, and quality; program staff recruitment, deployment and development; ensure compliance with UHHRU’s policies and procedures, and USAID’s rules and regulations.
  • Manage and oversee all operational aspects of the program, including budgeting and financial monitoring to strict fiscal accountability.
  • Manage and oversee programmatic components of the program, including provision of targeted sub-awards to coordinate and build capacities of civil society actors engaged in the war-related human rights work.
  • Jointly with the Project Director, securing timely and quality reporting on the Program in line with USAID requirements and Ukrainian legislation.
  • In coordination with the Project Director, representing the Program in relations with other USAID projects/programs, authorities, donors, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Responsible for making sure that activities function smoothly and are well-managed in the absence of the Project Director.


Qualification requirements

  • At least five years of project management and administrative experience in international development activities, with preference given to human rights
  • A Master degree in law, human rights, social sciences and related field
  • Fluency in Ukrainian and English
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strong working relationships with government officials, non-governmental organizations and other donors
  • Proven experience in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects
  • Substantial, and complementary, technical knowledge and experience in one or more program areas (objectives)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Well organized, able to work independently, skilled at handling multiple tasks, diplomatic, and able to adhere to deadlines
  • Prior experience in awarding and managing sub-grants to local organizations to promote human rights goals will be an advantage
  • Familiarity with USAID system, rules and procedures will be an advantage


To submit your application, send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected] by July 18, 2022.


Please, indicate “Deputy Director of USAID Program” in the subject line of the e-mail. After pre-selection process, the best candidates will be invited for the interview. All candidates will be informed of the results of the selection in writing.


Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union is an Association of 29 human rights organizations that work to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. Personnel policy of the Union is based on the principle of non-discrimination, providing equal opportunities for candidates regardless of race, color, age, religious, political or other beliefs, ethnic and social origin, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, citizenship, marital and financial status, place of residence, as well as linguistic or other characteristics in decisions on hiring or promotion in making decisions about hiring or career. For more information about the Union activities see


USAID Human Rights in Action Program is aimed at strengthening responsibility for human rights violations and war crimes committed in the course of the conflict in the east of Ukraine and purported annexation of Crimea, as well as at laying the foundation for sustainable peace and social unity. The Program’s objectives include (1) expanding and strengthening monitoring of the observance and promotion of human rights; (2) strengthening participation in strategic litigations; (3) improving and expanding awareness-raising and population empowerment activities; (4) restoring violated rights and administering justice for victims of torture and the armed conflict.


USAID is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID’s work demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience, and advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity. USAID has partnered with Ukraine since 1992, providing more than $3 billion in assistance. USAID’s current strategic priorities include strengthening democracy and good governance, promoting economic development and energy security, improving health care systems, and mitigating the effects of the conflict in the east. For additional information about USAID in Ukraine, please call USAID’s Development Outreach and Communications Office at: +38 (044) 521-5753. You may also visit our website: or our Facebook page at

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